KOB-TV and New Mexico First convened a series of nonpartisan citizen forums in Española, Roswell and Albuquerque to produce questions for the gubernatorial
debate on October 16. The candidates came together for a televised debate to answer those questions on various topics important to New Mexicans.
Candidates addressed questions about education, water, crime, behavioral health, immigration, infrastructure safety, marijuana legalization and economic
development. Click here to view all the questions developed at the town halls.
By Heather Balas, New Mexico First President and Executive Director ..
Awardees to be recognized at June “First Forum” ..
Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce
that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations
developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform,
water and education. ..
First Forum 2017 - Buy your tickets today! U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott headline the event and awards ceremony.
Should New Mexico establish an independent ethics commission to oversee its governmental officials? Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics
commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years, but all failed. To understand the reasons for the recurring efforts – as well as the
objections – New Mexico First conducted a series of focus groups about the pros and cons of ethics legislation to answer this question. Meetings were
held with current and former public officials, as well as members of the media. ..
New Mexico First Announces 2016 Town Hall Topic: Economic Security and Vitality! A vibrant economy is perhaps the most sought after policy goal for our
state. For this reason, New Mexico First will hold a statewide town hall on economic security and vitality to develop practical recommendations for
the future. The event will focus on economic strategies that address the needs of small and large businesses – as well as low and middle-income families. The event will encourage participants to think creatively about strengthening the states’ economic health in ways that reach people from all walks
of life. ..
Five New Mexicans were honored for exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government and community. The awards were presented at the
biannual First Forum lecture series, From Gridlock to Good Government. The awardees were chosen by a bipartisan committee including Janet
Green, Gene Baca, Clint Harden, Leean Kravitz, Cynthia Nava and Heather Balas. Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients. ..
Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a
citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!
Click here to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!
Click here to
read more about our last town hall! ..